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As kids we use to visit a drive in called "Dog & Suds", good burgers, hot dogs, & rootbeer, etc... A place that always stands out in my mind.

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Mandt's Drive-in, a local place, had the best hot dogs and root beer so cold it had a layer of very fine ice in it. That sure hit the spot as a treat after pushing a rotary blade mower and trimming around all the rock walls we had with those handheld grass clippers . :D When I moved out Dad bought a power mower and an electric string trimmer. :rolleyes:

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We had two places in town. Pros and Bibs burgers. I belive the burgers cost 15 cents and were paper thin and the fries cost the same. We would to Pros for lunch when I was in highschool in the sixties. :)

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When I was a kid, I remember going to an A&W Drive-in with my parents, usually on a Saturday or Sunday evening. My parents usually had a hot dog or burger, I'd always have a toasted tuna roll. We had a '54 Ford Crestline 2 door hardtop, green with a white top. I remember the "hops" coming to the car to take our order and bringing it back on a try that hung over the window. Loved the root beer and I always looked forward to going.

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In the north Detroit area (Royal Oak) were Bob's Big Boys, The Totem Pole and Ted's drive-ins. All on Woodward Avenue where in the earlier '60s my brother and I would crouch down in the back seat of my dad's car while my sisters cruised looking for boys to "talk to". Later in the '60s those places were the hangouts of all of the street racers and car crazy kids. Here's a souvenir from the last time I was back in Michigan...

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We had Bob's Big Boy by us too. Everything was a drive-in by us, we spent time at the drive in viewing our movies in a '68 LeSabre 4dr. We had plenty of room..

And who can forget the drive-ins popular on cruise nights with all the beautiful cars..

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We had Bob's Big Boy by us too. Everything was a drive-in by us, we spent time at the drive in viewing our movies in a '68 LeSabre 4dr. We had plenty of room..

Uh oh! Brain fart.....senior moment! I meant to say "Elias Brother's Big Boys" are what we had.....two of 'em.

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Theres a drive in that I still go to even to this day. My parents used to bring me there all the time. Its in my old neighborhood in chicago. Superdawg. On the northwest side at the intersection of Milwaukee and Devon. Its been there since the late '40s and is still owned by the same couple that opened it. My parents first met there. Superdawg drive-in

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Coopers in Callao, Virginia. Used to breeze around every weekend, then back through town, U-turn, then do it again. Never got run out of town.

Then, I bought the new '68 396 Chevelle, drove 25 miles to Tappahannock, got run out of town the second night for "scratching off"! Darn, not even a ticket, A shame what some cops have become.

By the way, I still see my buddy in Tappahannock every weekend. He had the beautiful marina blue '67 396, cool car, still a cool guy. ;)

He has an attic full of racy historic magazines from those days, but that's another story.:)

Wayne

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In the north Detroit area (Royal Oak) were Bob's Big Boys, ...

A bit of trivia for those of you with fond memories of the "Big Boy" chain. It was invented in Charleston, W. Va. by Alex Schoenbaum. The orginial was was beside of an old style bowling alley and the second one was right up the street from the high school that both of my brothers and I graduated from. It was fondly called "Shoney's Hideaway" because it sat back from the main highway. There were several others in the area which are still open. The orginial was torn down years ago. The Hideaway became a Mexican Restaurant.

Alex Schoenbaum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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My dad used to take us to A&W all the time in his '64 Electra convertible. It was our treat night!

I remember one time we pulled in (would have ben 1973) and the girl on roller skates came and took our order. I usually had the whistle dog :-) A little while later the roller skate girl came back with a tray load of food and hooked it on the passenger front window. My mom leaned on the arm rest, the window went down and the whole tray went sprawling all over the ground!!

The restaurant brought us a whole new tray of food at no charge! Let's see THAT happening today!!

That very same 1964 Buick Electra convertible is on my garage as we speak getting a frame off restoration, hoping to be done to give BACK to my dad on fathers day 2012!!

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A bit of trivia for those of you with fond memories of the "Big Boy" chain. It was invented in Charleston, W. Va. by Alex Schoenbaum. The orginial was was beside of an old style bowling alley and the second one was right up the street from the high school that both of my brothers and I graduated from. It was fondly called "Shoney's Hideaway" because it sat back from the main highway. There were several others in the area which are still open. The orginial was torn down years ago. The Hideaway became a Mexican Restaurant.

Alex Schoenbaum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sorry, but the Bob's Big Boy chain was started in Glendale, CA by Bob Wian in the mid 30s

Bob's Big Boy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I don't think Shoneys' and Bob's had any connection

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In the mid '80s I worked at an Olds dealer. We sold and serviced a Custom Cruiser wagon to Mr. & Mrs. Berman. They own Superdawg. One day they arrived with a large heated box in the back of the wagon. There were enough Superdawgs in the box to feed everyone in the building, including the customers. It was a real treat! They are good people! Also, when ordering you must request a "Superdawg". Not a hot dog!

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Sorry, but the Bob's Big Boy chain was started in Glendale, CA by Bob Wian in the mid 30s

Bob's Big Boy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I don't think Shoneys' and Bob's had any connection

Somewhere along the line, these two different restaurant chains merged. They became Shoney's Big Boy.

Since the merger years ago, things have changed in some states and they have split again. I just read of this recently.

Wayne (used to love those hot fudge cakes:))

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My grandmother used to live 2 blocks from Superdawg. Unfortunately, you either love or hate the food. No one in my family ever cared for it, including me. But I'm glad enough people do just to keep that cool building with Mr. & Mrs. Superdawg on top still around.

And I learned a new word today, Googie. I'm going on a road trip this weekend and hope I see some Googies. :D I always love discovering that sort of thing on a trip.

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Ah! Big Boys, That one cost me a night in jail in "61". It seems that the local cop didn't appreciate me driving an antique fire engine ladder truck into their parking lot.

(Or was it the blunderbuss that my friend was carrying as a part of a costume for a Halloween party that we just left?)

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We still have Mama Possum's and they do a monthly cruise night 2nd Saturdays. Curb service and all.

Grew up with the Dairy Dell which is also still in business. They made their own hot dog chili sauce and had a killer "Chilly-dog" though their thing was soft-serve ice-cream- "frozen custard" to y'all not from here.

An old girlfriend's aunt ran one in the middle of nowhere called "Yonder Blossom Drive Inn". Aunt made a decent living with it and Amy and her brother both worked in it.

There used to be a local chain called Wimpy's that I miss terribly. As long as the original owner couple was actively involved, all seven Wimpy's did great. When the couple retired and the son got control, he ditched all the drive-ins and built a high-falootin steakhouse called Sir Richard's that had the consistently worst table service of any sit-down restaurant I've ever tried. The prices were high, the food mediocre, the service stunk.

If it hadn't been for its bar and lizard lounge, it would have gone under long before it did. And then the son made out like a bandit when the local airport decided to extend a runway and the restaurant just happened to be in the approach zone, and the city bought the property at an inflated price to get it.

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In Johnstown PA we had quite an array of drive-in theaters. The Richland (the site of a shopping center since the early 70's), the Family (I think now closed) and the Silver (still operating!).

For drive in restaurants, I remember Stuver's, a family owned place famous for its chicken sandwiches.

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Dad advertised his tire business at the local Drive In Theatre (Trail Drive-In in Glen Rock, PA)so he always had a stack of passes which I would help myself to. Pass to the drive in, Dad's '64 Caddy, a girl who was wild about me, life was good. One night it got so foggy that you couldn't see the screen. The proprietor offered everyone their money back yet hardly anyone left. My Son, now 27, finds it hard to believe that the drive-ins were open 7 nights a week during the simmer and that you often couldn't get a spot unless you arrived early. A veterinarian clinic now occupies the space but you can still discern the rolling berms from when it was a theatre. We bought a 1928 Ford 1 ton truck that was boarded up inside the screen but that's a different story.

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We had 5 drive inns in town. Had a 73 newpot and rolled in with 9 guys and 7 cases of beer....we weren't very smart in those days.....

MY dad has the best story... in the early 70's when my brother and I were like 10 and 12, one of the drive-in theaters would show adult movies one night a week. Well my dad took my mother to the movies. My brother and I got horsing around at home and he ended up with a gash in his head...so guess who got paged at the drive-in in the middle of an adult movie......and my Mom taught 1st grade.....LOL

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Do you know how many college kids fit into the trunk of a '64 Ford Galaxie convertible? I do. Unfortunately, the guy at the booth of the adult drive-in movie place noticed the rear bumper scraping the ground, and asked me to open the trunk. Guys scattered everywhere! I guess just me going in alone was a tip-off, along with the two cases of Budweiser on the back seat.

It all worked out. I paid and went in, and the other five guys climbed the fence behind the screen and made their way in. The movie? Deadly Weapons, starring Chesty Morgan. A classic.

Man, that was one of those nights to remember! Laughter, excitement...barfing.

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Our local drive-in was owned by an older couple who were just trying to support their quadraplegic son. As drive-ins declined in popularity they, like many theatre owners, transitioned into showing adult films (I have been told...snicker). They would show a "regular" film followed by an adult attraction. They once showed "The Ten Commandments" followed by an adult film. The municipality finally shut them down, primarily because the screen was visible to drivers on the adjacent interstate.

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Our drive-in movies have a 2 for 1 on friday & saturday, you pay to see the first showing when its dark then there is a free second showing that runs till about midnight but no X rated movies or anything like that, mostly horror films, etc..

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